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Car hits light, tree, flips onto lawn at south Winnipeg school

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The driver of a speeding car swerved to avoid a collision, knocked over a light standard, hit a tree and rolled his car onto a lawn adjacent to Arthur A. Leach school, witnesses said.

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The driver of a speeding car swerved to avoid a collision, knocked over a light standard, hit a tree and rolled his car onto a lawn adjacent to Arthur A. Leach school, witnesses said.

No one was hurt in a spectacular noon-hour vehicle rollover next to a Waverley Heights school.

The incident began around 12:30 p.m., when a speeding car raced eastbound on Markham Road, according to a witness.

Just as the speeding car approached the four-way stop at Chancellor Drive, a northbound car pulled into the intersection.

The driver of the speeding car swerved to avoid a collision, knocked over a light standard, hit a tree and then his car rolled onto the lawn adjacent to Arthur A. Leach School.

A witness estimated the speed of the car between 80 to 90 kilometres per hour.

What appeared to be several large propane tanks spilled out of the car, which came to a stop on its roof on the school lawn.

The noise drew the attention of the junior-high school's staff, who went to offer assistance. But the driver of the speeding car, who had crawled out of the car’s window, waved off help stating he was fine.

At the same time, a second car pulled up beside the flipped over car and a woman got out, ran to the school lawn and picked up one of the propane tanks and took it back to the car she was driving. The driver of the flipped-over car picked up two of the tanks, placed them in the woman’s car and got in and the car drove off.

Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene--  but by then, the driver of the flipped car was nowhere to be seen.

Witnesses described the driver of the flipped-over car as being in his mid-30s with dark-coloured skin.

Within the hour, a man matching the description was in police custody and brought back to the scene. Police placed the man in the back of a cruiser car and drove off.

Police were later seen questioning a woman at the scene, who a witness said looked similar to the woman who had arrived earlier.

Winnipeg Police had no information to release on the situation this afternoon.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

 

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